Make your own reaction GIFs and animated memes instead of searching through digital libraries and databases.

Android or iPhone apps are available to help you make GIFs using your smartphones. Several apps you already own include GIF features that are hidden: you’re probably not aware that you can create your own silent short videos with WhatsApp or Twitter.

Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF, is a quick and easy format to make. The contents of your phone can be used or footage can be sourced from elsewhere (just ensure the content isn’t protected by copyright restrictions).

To get started, we’ve compiled free apps below.

It would be so much easier if GIF, the confounding acronym, could be pronounced as clearly…

1. Giphy — Sticker Maker

There are many apps and websites to find GIFs to add to Slack convos and group texts, but Giphy is surprisingly underwhelming when it comes to customization. In spite of that, the Giphy app is still an easy way to create GIFs on your smartphone.

It’s an app that allows iPhone X and newer Apple device owners to create custom GIF “stickers,” which can be layered on top of a video or a photo. Think of stickers as GIFs with transparent edges that can be used to illustrate some animated animations on a still photo or be incorporated into a video.

It is also possible to create GIF stickers with the Android version of the app, which can then be used as stickers on videos and photos in social media posts and in messages.

2. GIF Me!

There is an app in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store that is rated very highly: GIF Me!Using the video function on your phone, you can create all different types of animations, both silent and animated. Among the many types of GIFs that can be created, there are back-and-forth loops, stop-motions, jitter and wiggles, timelapses, and slideshows.

As well as working on iPads, Apple’s app can also be used on iPhones. The software comes with an ad-free Pro version available for $1.49 if you’re serious about making GIFs.

3. GIF Maker

The best part about GIF Me is that it is right next to it. This app that turns videos, photos, and live pictures from an iPhone into GIFs ranks high in the app store rankings. The GIF you have created can then be shared on all the major social media apps, including this one, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, messaging apps, and many others, just as you would any other GIF.

Free of charge, it can be downloaded on bothIn the Apple free app there is an option to upgrade to a premium subscription, which is $9.99 a month after the three-It is also possible to subscribe to the service for $59.99 per year or $99.99 a year as well. or $99.99 for a lifelong subscription. On Android, paid features are available through a separate app, GIF Maker Pro, for $2.99.

Premium is ad-free and offers unlimited space to store GIFs and memes. You also get access to special filters, stickers, and fonts.

4. Twitter

There are many apps and websites to find GIFs to add to Slack convos and group texts, but Giphy is surprisingly underwhelming when it comes to customization. In spite of that, the Giphy app is still an easy way to create GIFs on your smartphone.

It’s an app that allows iPhone X and newer Apple device owners to create custom GIF “stickers,” which can be layered on top of a video or a photo. Think of stickers as GIFs with transparent edges that can be used to illustrate some animated animations on a still photo or be incorporated into a video.

It is also possible to create GIF stickers with the Android version of the app, which can then be used as stickers on videos and photos in social media posts and in messages.

5. WhatsApp

The GIF below was created using the built in GIF maker on WhatsApp in about three seconds. The app allows you to incorporate photos and videos from your phone library into chats. I immediately opened the messaging app, added a beach video from my iPhone camera roll to a chat, and clicked to add the file.

It was possible to see two icons on the top right corner: a camera and a square animated GIF. A 26 second clip will be kept as an attachment as long as a camera button is pressed. In order to create my animated sequence, I clicked on the GIF icon and selected which five-second segment I wanted. (GPIFs can’t be very long, since there is a six-second limit on WhatsApp, and most websites limit GIF files to 100 MB at the most.)

Here we are! I was able to create a GIF in an instant and send it in no time at all.

Via Giphy
I then downloaded the GIF from the WhatsApp conversation so I can use it elsewhere or keep it on my phone for future use.

6. iPhone Camera Roll

If you have an iPhone you will also find that you can use their Photo app to create GIFs from Live photos you take. Whenever you open a photo on your camera roll, you should see a row of effects beneath the photo. You should select Loop from the list and it’ll produce a GIF of the image.

7. Google Photos

Choose as many images as you want from your photo library in the app and then select them from your GIF. If you can take a series of photos of the same thing, that would be even better. If you have just two pictures of the same thing, that would be good enough.

Then, click the plus symbol in the upper left hand corner of the app when you have selected your desired option. You will then be able to see the options that are available. By clicking on the “Animation” button, you will be able to create a composite GIF that will contain your photos.

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The GIF can then be shared with other apps or saved directly to your smartphone via Google Photos or other apps. This image was uploaded to Giphy, where I was able to post it in this article, and thus we have come full circle.

I cannot think of a better way to start the day than by sending a GIF!

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